It's Easy Traveling to, and around, St. Pete/Clearwater
The St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is serviced by two major airports—St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE), and the award-winning Tampa International Airport (TIA) located about 30 minutes away. Both are extremely convenient and well-serviced, though TIA will offer more options for flights and airlines.
Ground Transportation in the form of a rental car, taxi, shuttle, or car sharing services such as Uber will make it easy to get you to your destination from the airport. But if you feel like ditching your car while you’re here, many neighborhoods are walkable, like downtown St. Petersburg, Clearwater Beach, and Gulfport. That said, driving around is relatively easy; roads generally follow a grid system and there are two major highways, I-75 and I-275, that will connect you to surrounding areas. All imaginable options for ground transportation, including car rentals and cars for hire, can be found at airports and through your hotel concierge.
Clearwater offers the Jolley Trolley for local trolley service, which is a convenient and money-saving option if you choose Clearwater for your vacation. St. Petersburg runs the Looper Trolley, which is a mere 50 cents to ride and includes some drop-off and pick-up areas that are free.
Save time and money when traveling to Clearwater Beach by hopping on the Clearwater Ferry. Park for free in downtown Clearwater and enjoy a relaxing cruise to the beach for under $10 roundtrip—free dolphin sightings are an extra bonus! Other great alternatives along the beaches include Florida Free Rides and Free Beach Rides, which, yes, are both free (tip-based) car services.